The Integrated Coaching Academy
Fusion is at the cutting edge of integrated therapeutic coaching
Where coaching and counselling connect
A lot of people think, if you've got a problem you need a counsellor, but if you're a high flyer trying to reach 'peak efficiency', you need a coach. Right?
OK or not OK?
In truth, we often find ourselves at different positions on the ‘continuum of well-being’. Sometimes we are in the ‘OK’ zone and sometimes we slip into the ‘not OK’ zone. It's just part of dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of life.
As human beings, we are constantly reacting, interacting and responding to the environment in which we find ourselves, through a range of instinct and emotions that serve the purpose of helping us get our needs met. Sometimes that feels good and sometimes, let’s face it, it feels not so good.
You simply can't package people up and fence off their ‘bad stuff.’ Surprise, surprise, highflyers have emotions too. They also have relationship issues and personal problems, and those issues and problems have an impact on their effectiveness at work.
Wouldn't it be good if we could all have access to a ‘well-being’ coach who could help us meet our goals and also support us with our problems, so that we can all work towards being our 'best selves’ and living our very best lives?
So what is different about Fusion Therapeutic Coaching?
Fusion: The model
A 'model' is a belief or theory. The Fusion model is based on the understanding that Human beings have physical and emotional needs and, if those needs are being met in balance, life will feel good. It is also based on the understanding that our emotions, instincts and behaviours are always trying to push us towards getting those needs met.
Fusion: The system
To fill the theory-application gap, we need a system for implementation; a practical way of using our underpinning philosophy in everyday living. Fusion's STOP System is a mindfulness-based technique that buys the time to 'step back' into our 'Observing Self' and make emotionally intelligent life choices.
Fusion: The toolbox of mind management skills
Emerging knowledge from the new brain sciences about the human mind allows us now to be more effective at managing our emotions so that they do not hijack rational thought and positive decision making. Fusion teaches a range of skills that build into a powerful toolbox to deal with life and create emotional resilience.
The Fusion Model equips coaches, counsellors and well-being workers with the skills and tools they need to achieve faster and better outcomes for their clients, no matter where those clients are on ‘the continuum of well-being.’
Fusion's innovative integrated model was developed from 30,000 hours of client work by its originator, experienced psychotherapist Frances Masters. People who have completed Fusion training say it's really helped them broaden and deepen their working practice by adding so many practical and effective skills to their professional toolbox. In fact, Fusion is the only fast-track, integrated and accredited programme available in the UK, with a model used exclusively for over ten years by mental health charities, and proven to consistently achieve excellent client outcomes in just 5 sessions.
On completion, Diploma graduates will receive a certificate from NCFE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales. NCFE's regulators are the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, Qualification Wales and CCEA regulations. The general Conditions of Recognition can be found at ww.ofqual.gov.uk
Diploma graduates will also have access to the exclusive Fusion manual, which is a complete 5 session blueprint with check lists, scripts, client hand outs, outcome measures and everything needed to get the most out of your sessions.
A major step forward
A recent and significant development has been the partnership between Fusion, Stephen Blackburn Associates and the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families which is seeing Fusion practitioners and trainers really making a mark in Lancashire and beyond under the Mindsure brand.
All responsible coaches, mentors, counsellors and integrated wellbeing practitioners abide by a recognised code of ethics. Fusion Therapeutic Coaching sets itself alongside the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists ethical framework for good practice and the Association for Coaching Global Code of Ethics.
and emotional issues I was lucky enough to find Frances Masters, Fusion has quite literally changed my life!
Having studied traditional counselling some years ago I was left feeling disappointed that I had not been taught how to help my clients move forward with their lives, I was so disillusioned I abandoned my dream of becoming a counsellor and followed an alternative career path.
My personal Fusion experience provided a real ‘light bulb’ moment for me, this was what my counselling training had been missing and I went on to complete the diploma in Fusion therapeutic coaching.
I am passionate about my work, having experienced the mental and emotional trauma of depression when I was least expecting it made me determined to use my experience to help others. '
Counsellor Donna Ward says:
'The Fusion training model has picked up the best of other therapeutic models, fused together with Frances’s knowledge and evidence of what really works. Incorporating coaching it is the full package!
For me it has provided the missing pieces of the jigsaw. I now feel hopeful and confident that I can really move my clients past sticking points and make some major breakthroughs. Frances’ knowledge and delivery was clear, professional and EVERY bit of what she taught us was useful. This was certainly not a course that was padded out.
It has changed my mind-set in so many ways. I have realised we don't have to complicate this process. What Frances has done with this model is fantastic. The Mindfulness Based Mind Management was a great course. It is very clear and easy to follow, concentrating on the facts and what really works; also what is realistic so it can be maintained.
Honestly, this has been the best training I have been on. Every bit of it was so valuable. I definitely got what I needed from the course. …definitely great value for money.
I feel very honoured to be part of Fusion. The skills I have learned will help gives people their lives back.'
- It was inspirational. The amount of work that must have gone in over the years to bring this together is amazing. It was an excellent mix of lecture and practical exercises all of which made me feel I wanted to know more and more.
- I have enjoyed everything about the course. I feel I have been taken on an amazing learning journey with a genius. You really are inspirational; such innovative forward thinking of a model that could, and should, be taken on worldwide. Thank you so much.
- The Fusion Therapeutic Life Coaching course has been fascinating. The delivery of the course was exceptional and outstanding, so professional, clear, informative and interesting. I feel the skills I have learnt will be invaluable both professionally and in my career and personally in my own life. I
- The course was written and structured in an extremely professional manner. Material was informative, thought-provoking and geared to a ‘foot strap’ learning style. Frances delivers in a confident, competent and highly interesting manner. She is obvious well practised as a therapist, coach and trainer.
- Frances is an absolutely brilliant teacher who has developed such a superb course full of inspiring life changing and thought-provoking content which can be used professionally and personally. I would highly recommend the course to those wishing to work in the therapeutic profession. Many thanks.
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Founding Chair of BACP Coaching, Linda Aspey, says:
'In the field of coach-counsellor integration, Frances is a trailblazer'
Fusion plus mindfulness is the combined intervention of choice for The Foundation for Ribble Valley Families.
LITTLE BEAR'S SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS: I wrote this book as a resource for those working with children's mental health. It offers clear explanations about identifying emotions, the role of emotions in pushing us to get our needs met and what we can do to calm down our emotional brain. Access your free copy using the contact form below.
'Frances, if I were asked to nominate a hero, I would nominate you for the amazing work you do to promote mental
health.' Lynne Burke, Director of youth charity, IGNITE
STOP System ®
was developed from the new knowledge now emerging from neuroscience, about emotional wellbeing, happiness and resilience.
STOP buys the brain time between emotional reaction and rational response. Emotional intelligence is a skill and, like all skills, can be learned.
You can view a selection of professional articles by Frances here.
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'I felt compelled to email to thank you so much again for these first three days of the course.'
'It's the best course I have ever been on. What you have achieved is so worthwhile and inspirational.'
'It reaches both sides of the brain, logical and emotional and therefore everything made perfect sense! It has helped me to realise the direction I want to, and can, move in during the second half of my life.'
'I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, particularly the section on guided visualisation and the differences between the rational and emotional brain.'
'Practical exercises were valuable tools to learning and allowed immediate theory to practice application. '
'The skills I have been able to learn in such a short space of time have been invaluable. My future looks even brighter with all these extra tools added to my belt.'
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